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College Football Betting Guide

Ensuring you are making your online wagers on football with the best sportsbook in your state can ensure a better choice of bet types, better odds and more. Our College football betting experts have checked out all options and offer the best depending on the state in which you will be betting

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College Football Betting Restrictions by State

No College Betting Restrictions

If you are betting in either Pennslyvania, West Virginia, Nevada or Michigan, there are no restrictions on college sports betting at all. Check the table below for other states.

The rules regarding college sport and college football betting can differ from state to state. Check this handy table to see what restrictions are in place for the state in which you aim to make bets

StateRestrictions
New JerseyIn-State collegiate teams and events
PennsylvaniaNo Restrictions
IndianaNo prop bets on college events
ColoradoNo prop bets on college events not sanctioned by the relevant sports league
IowaNo prop betting on in-state college teams
IllinoisNo bets on in-state college teams
MichiganNo restrictions
TennesseeNo prop betting on all collegiate events
NevadaNo restrictions
West VirginiaNo restrictions

Here, we show you those differences and guide you through the best ways to bet on college football.

Difference Between CFB vs. NFL in Betting

When betting on college football compared to the NFL, one of the biggest differences is the talent level. The NFL is comprised of 32 teams that are nearly equal in levels of talent. In FBS football, there are 130 teams made up of mostly 18- to 22-year-olds of a wide variety of talent levels.

Because of these variations in talent, you will find much greater point spreads in college football. A typical NFL game, for example, will have a spread of between 3 and 14 points. There are college games where you will find point spreads of 30 points or more.

National champion Alabama was favored by 31.5 over Kentucky, but against contender Georgia, the Crimson Tide was favored by 6. Alabama covered in both games, by the way.

In contrast, Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay played 20 games in 2020. Seventeen of them featured a single-digit point spread.

The bottom line is that the volatility in point spreads in college football allows bettors to find plenty of value.

Type of College Football Bets

Moneyline Betting

The more traditional wagers on college football games include bets on the moneyline, point spread, and game totals. Betting on the moneyline is simply betting on a team to win. Take the Alabama-Kentucky game previously mentioned as an example. Alabama is the favorite and Kentucky the underdog as seen by the odds below.

  • Alabama -5000
  • Kentucky +1400

In this case, a bettor would have to wager $5000 to win $100. That’s not a great bet. A $100 wager on Kentucky would end up paying out $1400, but the Wildcats beating the Tide was highly unlikely as the final 63-3 score showed.

Where you can find value on moneyline bets in college football is on home underdogs. Take Coastal Carolina as an example. Late in 2020 season, the unbeaten Chanticleers hosted a ranked BYU team as 10.5-point underdogs. The moneyline odds were as shown below:

  • BYU -490
  • Coastal Carolina +360

CCU had won three previous games as an underdog, one of those at home, and was on a nine-game winning streak. Bettors who put $100 on the Chanticleers walked away with $360.

Betting the Spread

When betting the point spread, you are picking a team to win or lose but by a certain amount of points. Take the CCU-BYU example from above. BYU was favored by 10.5 points. If you are betting on the Cougars, to win your bet BYU must win by 11 or more points. On the other end, to win a bet on Coastal Carolina you needed the Chanticleers to either win outright (which they did) or lose by 10 points or fewer.

Because of differences in talent and even differences in types of offenses, bettors can find point spreads of -1 all the way to -70. Yes, Florida State opened as a 70-point favorite over Savannah State one year. The key is simply finding a spread that offers value. Bettors can also look at history. The best teams in the country aren’t necessarily the same ones that are the best against the point spread.

Since 2003, Ohio State has the best win-loss record of all FBS programs. Now, discounting Liberty which is a new FBS program and has only played 47 games all-time, the school with the best ATS record since 2003 is … Temple. Yes, the Owls are 126-86-1 ATS. Ohio State is actually third at 130-98-2.

Betting Totals

One of the most exciting bets to place on college football games are totals bets. Bettors are wagering on the final score and whether it will be Over or Under the posted total. Betting college football totals is also different than betting NFL totals. The average number of points scored in an NFL game is around 45. In a college game, that number is around 60.

The most common point total in NFL games is 41. In FBS games, it is 55. Again, there is plenty of volatility in scores as teams like Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma annually average over 40 points per game. Others like Akron, Kansas, and Vanderbilt all scored fewer than 18 points a game in 2020.

Exotic CFB Bets

College football bettors can also wager on parlays and teasers. A parlay is a series of single bets combined into one. A bettor must win all of the single bets in order to win the parlay. Normally a bettor will combine between 2 and 12 single bets on a parlay. The individual wagers can be on the moneyline, point spread or totals. A common strategy in parlay betting is to bet on the favorite and the Over in the same game. Favorites tend to cover often in higher-scoring games.

A teaser bet is a parlay bet but with an adjustment on the point spread. The most common type of teaser bet is the 6-point, two-team teaser. Let’s use the following example.

  • Alabama -10 vs. Tennessee
  • BYU +13 vs. Boise State

Using the 6-point advantage, you can take Alabama down to -4 and BYU up to +19. The Tide would have to win by 5 or more and BYU would have to win or lose by 18 or fewer. These are both solid bets and to win the teaser, remember, both individual wagers must win.

There are many ways to bet on college football. Find the one that fits your betting style and enjoy!

College Football Betting FAQ's

  • Can I Bet on College Football Online?

    It is possible to make wagers on college football with online sportsbooks but there may be restrictions based on the state in which you are betting. Some states allow all bets, others restrict the type of bets you can make, and others do not allow betting on collegiate events at all. The details of which states are affected are included in the state tabs on this page.

  • Is It legal to bet on College Games?

    College football betting is legal in the United States and there are two options. Legally Licensed Domestic Sportsbooks or Offshore Which we do not recommend for security purposes. There may be some restrictions to the bet type you can make on college games based on the state In which you are betting.

  • Difference between betting on NCAFF and NFL

    The same types of bets available for the NFL games are available with NCAAF too. There may be some restrictions to proposition betting depending on the state you are in, but otherwise there is no difference in the way you bet and the odds.

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